We need you!

Committee meeting in The Roebuck

Committee meeting in The Roebuck

Volunteers are needed to join the Market Harborough WI committee in September.  We welcome your skills and ideas.  Meetings are fun and are held in a pub!  Interested?  Email: marketharboroughwi@gmail.com or call 07547 890 756 or speak to a committee member at the June meeting.  Vacant posts will include: President, Vice President, Treasurer and Membership Secretary.

You are very welcome to come along to our June meeting and see what it’s all about.


MHWI needs you – can you help?

Committee meeting in The Roebuck

Committee meeting in The Roebuck

Would you like to join a friendly team to help MHWI achieve its strap line of ‘bigger and bolder’?   Perhaps you like to make things happen or help co-ordinate events, have some good ideas.   Undertaking a role on the Committee is just the way to have a go at this and have fun.  We even meet in a pub!

Then speak to Clare, our President, or one of the Committee members at this month’s meeting.   You can arrange to come along and sit in on a committee meeting to see what we do.  We will have several vacancies this September at the Annual Meeting: President, Membership Secretary, Treasurer and Raffle Coordinator.

MHWI team supports Harborough in Bloom

We’re certainly living up to our  President’s strap line, ‘Bigger and Bolder’, this year.  We’re delighted to hear that MHWI members are trying out new things.  Member, Tansy Tilly, says, ‘I believe there are now 5 of us volunteering to help keep the tubs tidy on St Mary’s Rd for Harborough in Bloom.’

Homebase supports MHWI team preparing for this seasons's Harborough in Bloom

Homebase supports MHWI team preparing for this seasons’s Harborough in Bloom

‘As I work at Homebase I asked if they could help us out with a basic starter kit. They have kindly donated all this. Keep your fingers crossed for good weather on Friday when the kit will have its first outing! Tansy x’

‘Fantastic! Thank you so much! This has really made my day.’ confirms Clare, our President.

£500 donated by MHWI to new local volunteer project

We are delighted to announce that £500 raised from our highly successful film evening last November and our Christmas raffle (so generously supported by a whole host of local businesses) resulted in a cheque being present to VASL (Voluntary Action South Leicestershire).

Diane Claridge (1)-w500-h500The money is to go to a new project, called Community Champions, where volunteers not only befriend local people but also work with them to support them to take part in community activities, leaving a sustainable outcome for all concerned.   Diane Claridge, MHWI member, and employee of VASL accepted the cheque.

If you would like to know more about volunteering for the Community Champions project or about other volunteering opportunities in the areas, go to VASL’s website for more information and contact details.  You could also speak to Diane at the next monthly meeting.

Volunteers for monthly programme or social events

Would you like to help organise one of our monthly programme meetings for 2016?    You don’t have to be on the committee, just willing to contact the speaker (we have lots of ideas and contacts, thanks to all your suggestions), meet the host on the night, make sure they have everything they need and give a thank you at the end.

Or, maybe you have an idea for a one off social event?  Perhaps there is somewhere you would like to go with a group of MHWI members or a special speaker you would like to invite for a one off activity night?  If you would like to make this happen and are willing to organise the event, we’d love to hear from you.  Speak to a member of the committee at the next monthly meeting or drop us an email: marketharboroughwi@gmail.com

Can you help with the Great Daffodil Appeal this month?

My name is Carrie and I am the Leicestershire Community Fundraiser for Marie Curie Cancer Care.  I am generating support from local community groups for our Great Daffodil Appeal collection that takes place this March.

Marie Curie Cancer Care is appealing for people in Leicestershire to donate their time this March to collect for the charity’s annual Great Daffodil Appeal.  The appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest fundraiser, which encourages everyone to give a donation and wear a daffodil pin in March.

Marie Curie Nurses give free hands-on care to people with terminal illnesses in their own homes and vital emotional support to their loved ones.  We allow families to make the most of the precious time they have left together.  Given the choice, most of us would want to die at home, surrounded by the people and things we cherish.  Marie Curie Cancer Care makes this possible.  But the sad fact is, every five minutes someone in the UK dies without the care they need at the end of their life. That’s why w urgently need to reach more people.

The money raised in Leicestershire will help local Leicestershire patients and enable Marie Curie Nurses to provide more free care to local people with terminal illnesses in their own homes.

If you think that your Women’s Institute would like to be part of the collection this year, then I would love to hear from you.

 Kindest regards

 Carrie Seaton, Community Fundraiser (Leicestershire & Rutland) 

Marie Curie Cancer Care

Regional Office, Unit 9, Mobbs Miller House,

Ardington Road, Northampton, NN1 5LP

 Tel: 01604 258761

Mob: 07595087169

Fax: 01604 442303


Help with WI committee

join our crew-w500-h500Are you interested in joining the Market Harborough WI committee in September?  It is the invaluable contributions and time volunteered by current and former committee members that have helped make this new WI so successful.

If you would like to ‘try us out’ by attending a committee meeting to see what it is all about, maybe with a view to stepping up to the new committee in September, then do speak to any one of the current committee members at the next and forthcoming coming monthly meetings.  You can spot us – we wear the sashes!  Better still, monthly committee meetings are in a local pub with parking right outside.

A couple of the original committee members will be standing down this summer so we urgently need your help now.  You can also Contact us or call 0754 789 0756.